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MARK WINKLER, Jazz and Other Four Letter Words

One of L.A.’s jazz great vocal treasures and most clever and heartfelt wordsmiths, Mark Winkler is all about staying fresh, cool and delightfully crafty and hip. The eclectic, freewheeling set centers on a stylish mix of gorgeously rendered standards (Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart) and spirited, wordplay rich originals dedicated to all that’s cool, offbeat and whimsical (“Your Cat Plays Piano”). Fronting some of the city’s top jazz talents, the engaging singer includes infectious duets with Cheryl Bentyne, a horn splashed Paul Simon rarity and a nod to unabashed romance (“I Chose the Moon”).